Gloriously relaxing and evocative of a more civilised era of travel, there are few better ways to discover the ancient treasures of the Mediterranean than aboard a small ship cruise vessel, motor sailor or motor yacht. The vessels carefully selected by us here at Andante each present a yacht cruise experience, but have between 18-100 cabins and boast the ability to berth in more characterful ports of call than the mega ships can. MS Equator – exclusive to Andante Travels in 2022 – explores the richly historic and splendidly scenic Dalmatian Coast and islands. The MS Galileo circumnavigates the Peloponnese from Athens, making stops at iconic sites such as Olympia and Delphi and the MV La Belle de l'Adriatique explores the islands of the Cyclades and Dodecanese in 2022 and the Dalmatian Coast and Adriatic in 2023.
All our cruises include a world-class Andante Guide Lecturer, except for the Classical Highlights of Greece which is guided by an expert local guide in Athens and then an Onboard Guest Lecturer who is an archaeology specialist.
15 October 2022
What to expect
Built in 2017 we would characterise the quality as equivalent to a good 4* hotel. With just 18 cabins across two accommodation decks (main and lower), the MS Equator is exclusive to Andante Travels on its 16th October 2021 sailing from Dubrovnik to Split. Elegantly furnished cabins are all outside-facing, with portholes on the lower deck and windows on the main deck, and all are equipped with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs and standard. The salon restaurant serves up delicious buffet breakfasts, four-course lunches and two dinners (a welcome dinner and a Captain’s Dinner). The sun deck boasts sunbeds as well as a jacuzzi, and Wi-Fi is free on board.
The MY Galileo is a fully motorised yacht, comparable to a good 3* hotel, which unfurls its majestic sails at least once every voyage.
This mega yacht is of a classic wooden design, 157ft in length, and with the right winds her sails can be spread - an authentic way to cruise the Greek coastline. Facilities include a spacious indoor lounge/bar, a small library and dining area, and the Sun Deck has shaded areas as well as an outdoor bar. Wi-Fi is available (payable locally).
The 24 ocean view cabins on board are split between the Upper Deck (with porthole windows) and Lower Deck (with porthole windows).
Cabins include include an ensuite bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, mini fridge, internal telephone, safe and hairdryer.
Weather permitting, lectures by the Onboard Guest Lecturer may be delivered on the impressive sun deck. MS Galileo was renovated in 2016.
MV La Belle de l’Adriatique
The MV La Belle de l’Adriatique is a premium rated ship, comparable to a 4* hotel, and sails along the maritime coasts of Croatia, Greek islands, Montenegro and Albania.
The ship comprises of 5 decks. The elegant restaurant is located on the Main Deck where all meals will be served throughout the cruise. Games, dancing and other forms of entertainment take place at the lounge bar, located at the front of the Embarkation Deck. The Upper Deck boasts a small relaxing terrace area and ‘Pianorama’ bar.
The Sun Deck provides great views of the coastline, has a bar, two jacuzzis, a large shaded area and is furnished with sunloungers.
This modern ship, renovated in 2017, is comparable to a 4* hotel, and can accommodate 197 passengers in 99 cabins spread across four decks.
Why choose Andante Travels for your small ship cruise
Here, at Andante Travels, we share your passion for all things ancient, and we are always on the lookout for the most comfortable and characterful means of transporting you around your chosen destination. Having launched a selection of archaeology-themed river cruises, we decided to unveil a range of small ship ocean cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean. This really is the most appealing way to explore the coastlines of Croatia, Greece and the Adriatic, areas filled with incredible historical interest and archaeological sites that are simply unrivalled.
A very well organised programme of visits, accompanied by very professional and knowledgeable guides. Excellent information from the company. Feefo reviewer